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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Announces Leadership Changes in Medical Education

3/30/2010

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., has announced a number of changes in the leadership of the medical student education programs. Mark O'Connell, M.D., is stepping down after serving for almost 11 years as senior associate dean for medical education. Under his leadership, undergraduate medical education programs underwent significant changes and growth, including major curriculum reform, implementation of information technology support systems for education, creation of the Academic Societies program, creation of the medical student Department of Community Service, enrollment of students from a national applicant pool, and the creation of the Miller School's Regional Campus in Boca Raton at Florida Atlantic University.

Having recently led the medical school through its self-study by which the school gained full eight-year LCME accreditation, Dr. O'Connell will now assume a new position as senior associate dean for educational development and senior advisor to the senior vice president for medical affairs and dean. This role will allow him to focus on fulfilling a crucial priority for the school's medical education programs: Developing and implementing a system for recognizing and rewarding the teaching efforts of our faculty. This will include establishing a new Academy of Distinguished Educators at the Miller School. With his experience in curriculum design and developing the regional medical campus program, Dr. O'Connell will also work with Dean Goldschmidt in establishing satellite medical education programs with global partners.

In his new position, Dr. O'Connell will also return to his roots where his passion for medical education began, i.e. the application of information technology to medical education and clinical care. He founded the medical school's Office of Biomedical Computing in 1986 and will now rejoin that office, working to develop a "Health IT" education program for medical students and residents and improving the technology resources that support the school's medical education programs. Dr. O'Connell will also work with University and medical school leadership to establish a new building for medical education and central administration.

Ongoing administration of the medical student education programs will become the responsibility of Robert Hernandez, M.D., senior associate dean for medical student administration, and Alex Mechaber, M.D., associate dean for undergraduate medical education. They will work directly with Laurence Gardner, M.D., executive dean for education and policy, to further the success that our undergraduate curriculum and extra-curricular programs have achieved. These changes will be effective April 1.